12 new imported COVID-19 cases recorded

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam yesterday recorded a new high of 12 new imported COVID-19 cases, raising the national tally of confirmed cases to 333.

With the 12 new imported cases and one case recovered fully, 60 active cases are receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) in Tutong District. Meanwhile, one has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for monitoring while the remaining cases are in stable condition.

According to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in its daily updates, 10 of the 12 cases, Case 322 to 331, are from the 15 close contacts for Cases 306, 307 and 308 reported on July 20. All are the crew of a ship that left Singapore on July 4 and arrived in Brunei Darussalam on July 9.

Case 322 is a 48-year-old man with cough and loss sense of smell since July 23; Case 323 is a 51-year-old man with fever and cough since July 22; Case 324 is a 28-year-old man with fever and runny nose since July 24; Case 325 is a 46-year-old man with no signs of infection; Case 326 is a 37-year-old man with no signs of infection; Case 327 is a 47-year-old man with a sore throat since July 23; Case 328 is a 35-year-old man with a sore throat since July 21; Case 329 is a 41-year-old man with no signs of infection; Case 330 is a 36-year-old man with runny nose since July 24; and Case 331 is a 45-year-old man with no signs of infection.

All close contacts for Cases 306, 307 and 308 have undergone quarantine on the ship since the first three cases were reported on July 20.

Meanwhile, Case 332 is a 26-year-old man who arrived in Brunei Darussalam from London on July 12 did not display any signs of infection, while Case 333 is a 32-year-old man who arrived in Brunei Darussalam from United Kingdom (UK) on July 25 and also showed no signs of infection.

Latest information on the COVID-19 situation in the country as of noon yesterday was released by the MoH.

Brunei Darussalam has had no local transmissions for 446 days. A total of 739 individuals are undergoing mandatory self-isolation at government monitoring centres after returning from abroad, with 22,400 individuals having completed mandatory self-isolation at monitoring centres since March 2020.

Over the past 24 hours, 507 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus testing, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 150,942.

Healthinfo.gov.bn revealed that there have been 298 cases in Brunei-Muara District, 29 in Belait District and six in Tutong District.

Since the commencement of the national vaccination programme, 1,224 individuals have been vaccinated since July 25 while 20,864 senior citizens have been administered with the first dose of the vaccine since the commencement of the programme in April.

As of July 24, 122,390 individuals or 27.2 per cent of the population had been administered with at least one dose of vaccine, while 23,337 or 5.1 per cent had received their second dose.